The US has pledged to retaliate for an assault which killed its troops in Jordan in any matter it chooses.
Three American troops had been killed in a drone assault and greater than 40 had been wounded final month.
The raid focused a small desert set up generally known as Tower 22 in northeastern Jordan close to the border with Syria.
Lloyd Austin, the US defence secretary, mentioned this afternoon that “terrorist groups backed by Iran and funded by Iran” had been ramping up assaults within the Middle East throughout a “dangerous moment” for the area. However, he stopped wanting blaming a selected group for the assault in Jordan.
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He added: “We will respond where we choose, when we choose and how we choose.”
The defence secretary mentioned the Jordan assault focused an space the place US troopers had been sleeping.
Mr Austin added President Biden would “not tolerate” assaults on American troops.
He additionally careworn the US would search to keep away from a wider regional battle whereas taking “necessary” motion to guard US pursuits – together with freedom of navigation within the Red Sea close to Yemen, the place the US and UK have launched airstrikes in opposition to Houthi forces focusing on business transport.
The response to the Jordan assault could be “multi-tiered”, Mr Austin mentioned, and the US would have the power to strike again quite a lot of occasions. But the defence secretary didn’t specify any targets American forces would hit.
Earlier this week, it was reported that President Biden had determined how the US would reply to the assault.
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